ICA: Visual Arts

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Herbert H. & Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts
Interlochen, Michigan

Size: 36,000 SF

The Visual Arts Building houses faculty and student design studios, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and archival facilities. Its design is intended to enhance the collaborative aspects across the spectrum of visual arts. Photography, ceramics, sculpture, metalworking, and printmaking are just some of the areas of study to be housed here. The design is being developed in three distinct blocks; two studio wings and a public lobby & gallery wing that fronts the newly developed Art Commons and the Frederick Stock pedestrian walkway. The studio blocks respond to the site by their solar orientation, stretching deep into the woods, and are set a half level down into the sloping terrain, all reducing the buildingís overall visual impact. Additionally, the sloped roofs work to open the studio interiors up to the natural northern light, a critical element for the artists.